A Close Reading of Seamus Heaney's 'Poet to Blacksmith'

A-Level Literature Studies
by Rosemary O'Leary

Publisher: Pronoun

Series: The A* Way Series

Publication Date: January 22, 2017

ISBN: 9781508052722

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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The study guide, “A Close Reading of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Poet to Blacksmith’: Detailed Notes for A-Level Literature”, takes students through a detailed reading of the poem ‘Poet to Blacksmith’ . The poem is a translation of a remarkable letter written in Irish, in the mid-eighteenth century, by a labourer to his local blacksmith, describing the type of digging tool he wants him to fashion for him so that he can ‘take on the earth’. Heaney transforms the letter into a poem while preserving both the sensibility and turn of phrase of the labourer-poet.In the study guide, students are taken on a journey through the poetic world of the poem, going through a detailed analysis of its style, language, form, structure and themes.The analysis will not only help students reach a profound understanding of the poem and Heaney’s style but, essentially, also provide them with a method of close reading and analysis to emulate for when they tackle their other texts.